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    Fifa should strip Russia of hosting 2018 World Cup, says Polish FA chairman
    May21

    Fifa should strip Russia of hosting 2018 World Cup, says Polish FA chairman

    • Zbigniew Boniek: ‘Hosting the World Cup in Russia is a disastrous mistake’• Former Juventus player adds Fifa should have clause ‘in the event of a war’• Fifa’s Sepp Blatter says 2018 World Cup in Russia will stabilise regionZbigniew Boniek, the chairman of the Polish Football Association, has said that Russia should be...

    The Guardian view on eastern Europe and the EU: get it right in Riga | Editorial
    May20

    The Guardian view on eastern Europe and the EU: get it right in Riga | Editorial

    One year after war broke out in Ukraine, the EU’s review of its eastern policy will have profound consequences for the continentThe Riga summit on the European Union’s eastern partnership policy may not make many headlines, but the issues that will be debated on Thursday and Friday in Latvia are major ones all the same. They will...

    EU Eastern Partnership summit will highlight failure of plan to check Russia
    May20

    EU Eastern Partnership summit will highlight failure of plan to check Russia

    Shadow of Ukraine conflict will loom heavily over Riga conference, showing flagship programme to woo eastern Europe away from Moscow to be in turmoilA summit in Riga this week is likely to highlight the failure of the EU’s flagship programme designed to entice six former Soviet states out of Moscow’s orbit and into the embrace of...

    Video raises concerns over Ukraine’s treatment of Russian prisoners
    May20

    Video raises concerns over Ukraine’s treatment of Russian prisoners

    Release of footage of recently captured soldiers said to violate Geneva conventions. RFE/RL reportsA video showing the interrogation of alleged Russian servicemen captured in Ukraine has sparked concerns about the treatment of prisoners of war in the conflict. The footage of one of the two men captured in eastern Ukraine on Saturday appears to...

    Ukraine vote gives government power to suspend foreign debt payments
    May19

    Ukraine vote gives government power to suspend foreign debt payments

    Parliament hands ministers powers to defend war-torn nation against ‘unscrupulous’ creditorsUkraine’s parliament on Tuesday handed ministers the power to suspend foreign debt payments to defend against “unscrupulous” creditors.The vote was the latest episode in an escalating row over a $25bn (£16bn) rescue package with the...

    ‘Russian soldiers’ captured in Ukraine to face trial on terrorism charges
    May18

    ‘Russian soldiers’ captured in Ukraine to face trial on terrorism charges

    Pair were seized in government-controlled Shchastya and could face life sentences if found guiltyTwo alleged Russian soldiers who were captured while fighting in eastern Ukraine will be tried on terrorism charges, Kiev has said.They could reportedly face sentences of up to life in prison if found guilty of committing a lethal terrorist act. The...

    Two Russian soldiers captured near rebel-controlled Luhansk, says Ukraine
    May18

    Two Russian soldiers captured near rebel-controlled Luhansk, says Ukraine

    Ukrainian MP posts video purporting to show a Russian special forces sergeant lying in a hospital bed admitting to operating in the areaThe Ukrainian government on Sunday claimed to have captured two Russian soldiers operating in the rebel-controlled area.A Ukrainian military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said on Sunday the two Russian soldiers had...

    Russian recession will last two years,  forecasts EBRD
    May14

    Russian recession will last two years, forecasts EBRD

    European development bank predicts knock-on effects for eastern Europe and central Asia Russia faces two years of recession as the sharp fall in oil prices adds to the problems of an economy beset by structural weakness, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has warned.The EBRD, which was set up following the collapse of communism...

    The west talks about a new cold war. For Russians it has already started | Susan Richards
    May14

    The west talks about a new cold war. For Russians it has already started | Susan Richards

    By continually freezing out the Kremlin, the west is refuelling old resentmentsI’ve been travelling in the heartlands of Russia for 30 years, witnessing everything from the euphoric wishfulness at the fall of communism to prosperity and, more recently, political despair. Yet going there for the first time since the annexation of Crimea, I...

    Venice Biennale: must-see art from the ‘new east’ – in pictures
    May14

    Venice Biennale: must-see art from the ‘new east’ – in pictures

    As Armenia wins Golden Lion for best national pavilion, The Calvert Journal picks the most exciting artists from eastern Europe and former Soviet Union … …read more Source: The...

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